EDUCATION
07/13/2011 04:42 pm ET | Updated Sep 12, 2011

California 'Parent Trigger' Rules: Tentatively OK'd By State Board Of Education

The California State Board of Education unanimously voted today to tentatively approve a set of rules that outlines and gives parents more power to drive change in low-performing schools.

The vote isn't final -- the "parent trigger" regulations will be laid out for open comment for 15 days, the Associated Press reports. The board will officially vote on the measure in September.

The controversial law was signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year and permits parents to demand a school overhaul if a majority of parents petition for the measure.

Transparency has also been an issue of contention in the parent trigger debate, among several questions of regulatory ambiguity. Under the law, parents forced McKinley Elementary, ranked in the bottom 10 percent of California's elementary schools, to become a charter school.

Since the regulation's appearance in California legislation last year, New York has picked up a similar proposal that state regulators unveiled last month.